Posts Tagged ‘Dairy’

No-Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake Cups

You need to understand something…I have a sociopathic love for goat cheese.  And for cheesecake.  So 1 + 1 = delicious creamy richness beyond belief.


Thank you, How Sweet Eats, for inspiring me once again.  Forgive my lack of cute little Mason jars.  I’m still working on that one.

No-Bake Goat Cheese Cheesecake Cups
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Serves: 4
  • 8 oz chevre, softened to room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ⅔ c sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ c heavy whipping cream
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ t almond extract
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  1. To make the compote, place the raspberries in a microwave-safe dish and nuke for 1 minute, then mash them up with a big spoon or fork. Chill in the fridge till it's needed.
  2. In a stand mixer or in a large bowl, cream the cream cheese and goat cheese together and slowly add the condensed milk until well combined and no lumps remain.
  3. Stir in the whipping cream, lemon zest, and almond extract.
  4. Again using an electric mixer, beat till well combined.
  5. Spoon the cheesecake into 4 cups, glasses, or ramekins and chill for about 3 hours, or until firm.
  6. Top with raspberry compote.


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Easy Butternut Squash Risotto

Risotto is seriously intimidating to make.  I mean, c’mon…how many competitors on Chopped get destrominated because they try and fail…miserably…to make risotto.  But I love it enough that I took the plunge and gave it a shot.

So, listen, I’m here to tell you it isn’t that bad…this was such a nice winter meal that was definitely do-able…on a weeknight, no less.  Just takes a little extra TLC.  It’s one of those dished that requires your full attention whilst cooking–so I’d recommend you have everything ready to go before you start–veggies chopped, broth hot, wine glass filled…


Oh, and for all the radicals out there, yes, I am fully aware that this recipe has dairy and–*gasp*!–rice.  Maybe those aren’t part of your Paleo, but they’re sure as hell part of mine.  I eat rice.  And cheese (sometimes).  Deal with it.

For everyone else…enjoy!  There is also a couple of substitutions to make if you want to keep this bad boy dairy free.

Easy Butternut Squash Risotto
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Serves: 4
  • 1½ c arborio rice
  • 5 c chicken stock
  • ¼ c butter**, divided in half
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 portobello mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 c diced butternut squash
  • 1 t sage
  • 1 t thyme
  • 1 c shredded Parmesan cheese**
  1. To make the squash easier to work with, place the cubes into the food processor and pulse 3 or 4 times to get them nice and fine.
  2. Heat the stock in a saucepan to a light simmer. Have a ladle handy.
  3. On a burner next to the saucepan of stock, heat a heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add half the butter.
  4. Sautee the onion, squash, garlic, mushrooms, squash, sage, and thyme for about 5 or 6 minutes, or until the onions are transluscent.
  5. Add the other half of the butter and the rice.
  6. Stir the rice and the veggies to coat for a couple of minutes and add enough stock to just cover it.
  7. Continue to stir and as the rice absorbs the liquid, add another ladle-full of stock.
  8. Repeat this process for about 20 minutes, or until all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender.
  9. Stir in the Parmesan.
  10. Serve as a side or as the main event.

**To keep this recipe dairy free, simply omit the cheese and use coconut oil in place of butter.  Add a little coconut milk to create a creamy texture.

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Japanese Sweet Potato Pie

You can also call it “Satsumaimo Pie” if you want to sound cultured or something.

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So I had my appendix out on Monday and that kinda ruined my week off.  There’s only so much time you can spend on the couch high on Percocet and creeping through the bowels of Netflix before you start getting a little stir crazy.  Then you try to get up and remember why that was not a good idea.  I seriously look like I got gutted like a trout.  Moving on.

I was and still am, however, determined to make it to Thanksgiving tonight since it’s the first year I’ve lives where my family does in…a long time.  My aunt asked me to bring a dessert, so yesterday I made this pie.  Nothing crazy but I thought the Japanese sweet potatoes (aka Birthday Cake potatoes) would be a fun twist on my favorite pie ever and something a little more creative than plain old pumpkin pie).

After I was done, I slept for 4 1/2 hours.  Clearly still feeling amazing.  Then I ate some pie.  Felt better.  Went back to sleep.  It was a good day.

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*If you can’t find Japanese sweet potatoes, regular orange ones are fine.

*For 100% dairy free, full-fat coconut milk can sub for the cream.

*I like this crust recipe, but some other options are this and this.

Japanese Sweet Potato Pie
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Serves: 8
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, bakedor boiled until soft, skins removed
  • ¾ c maple syrup
  • ¾ c heavy whipping cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 t pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ t salt
  • 2 T dark rum
  1. Mash up the sweet potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, one at a time, beating with an electric mixer in between additions ensuring mixture is smooth.
  3. When all ingredients are added, beat the whole thing on medium for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour into an unbaked pie shell (see recipe options above).
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.
  6. Cool completely. Top with whipped cream.


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Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes w/ Brown Butter Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinnamon buns.  Bunzzzz.  BUN-ZUH.


Anyone get the Animorphs reference?  Please?  Am I seriously that uncool?


With Fall in full swing, I need warm, gooey, cinnamon-y things in my life.  Pumpkin obviously came first but I gotta show some love to other Fall flavors, too, ya know?  And thanks to my friend Brittany–who ALWAYS asks me to make her cinnamon rolls and I promise to do it and then never do–I made cinnamon roll…cupcakes.  Same thing.  Except you can put an obnoxious amount of frosting on a cupcake.  Then spoon more frosting into your face-hole right out of the bowl.  Alone.  At 2 am.


Ross told me these were the best cupcakes I’ve ever made.  He says that a lot, but I’ll pretend like they really are.  At the very least this is MY favorite frosting EVER…I mean brown butter?  And BOURBON?  ZOMG.  I could get drunk off these cupcakes.  Again.


How to brown your butter.

How I learned to frost cupcakes.  I use disposable bags with a Wilton tip set–these are available in my store.

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes w/ Brown Butter Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting
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Serves: 12-15
  • Cinnamon Swirl:
  • ⅓ c maple syrup
  • ⅓ c palm sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • Cupcakes:
  • ½ c coconut flour
  • ½ t baking soda
  • ½ t baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • ½ c cashew butter (or coconut manna for a nut free option)
  • ½ c maple syrup
  • ⅓ c palm sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ t vanilla
  • Frosting:
  • 8 oz organic cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ c browned butter, cooled (see note for instructions)
  • ⅓ c maple syrup
  • 1-2 T bourbon
  1. For the cinnamon swirl, combine the maple syrup, palm sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. For the cupcakes, add all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream together the cashew butter, maple syrup, eggs, and egg whites and vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet.
  5. Beat with an electric mixer on HIGH for 2 minutes (this step is key to a good, fluffy texture)
  6. Fill lined cupcake tine ¾ full with batter.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, then remove and add a drizzle of cinnamon swirl to each one, then return to the oven for 10 more minutes.
  8. For the frosting, beat the browned butter, cream cheese, maple syrup, and bourbon in a large bowl (to prevent spatter) until smooth and creamy.
  9. Frost the cupcakes when the have cooled completely.
  10. Or just eat the frosting straight from the bowl in a dark corner of your house. I'm not one to judge.


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Paleo Carrot Cake w/ Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

So I’m finally back east with the fam…and just like every year, Mother’s Day and my dad’s birthday fell right next to each other and we had a nice little celebration.  Good dinner, good wine, good cake.

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Ah, cake.  My favorite dessert in the whole wide world is cake.  OK, no…it’s the frosting.  But you know, cake is the mighty vessel upon which it rests in all its gooey glory.

So carrot cake has always been my Dad’s favorite (and, incidentally, mine) so it’s seriously been the go-to every year.  No, really…every year.  So I had big shoes to fill since I’m pretty sure everyone we know has had their had some year or another…some years we ordered special from fancy bakeries…some years we totally forgot and ended up grabbing a pre-made one at Safeway…and, obviously, Mom has made more than a few and it felt like every year she’d do something a little different (nuts vs. no nuts…pineapple vs. no pineapple…etc).

I know generally how to make a carrot cake…but just like making a Paleo version of anything you love, there’s a lot of pressure not to f*ck it up when cooking for your very-not-Paleo-family..  I’m moving away from my general formula for cakes and cupcakes and muffins and other bread-y baked goods to be, you know, creative and all…and also just to experiment with texture.  I’m a huge believer in changing up your repertoire and trying new things in the kitchen since, sure…you might have a tried and true recipe for Mom’s Apple Pie that might be “good,” but not “great”?  I’ve had waaaaaay to many of someone’s mom’s or grandmothers cookies that they swore were the best ever…unmatched past, present, and future…and honestly, dude, not THAT great.  Sorry.

I based this cake recipe off of the infamous vanilla cake over at Pretty in Primal.  To date, it really is the best plain vanilla cake I’ve had, and like any good white or yellow cake recipe, you can personalize it in a million different ways.  The texture is moist…like stick-to-you-fork-moist.  Most of my cakes and muffins of old are primarily coconut flour and egg-based, which is fine, but like I said I wanted to get crazy and see what happened.

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At the very least, I knew that if the cake sucked, I could always hide it under gobs of cream cheese frosting.  That’s pretty much my solution for everything in life.

But in case you were wondering, it didn’t suck.  In fact, Dad went back for seconds and said it was one of the best carrot cakes he’d every had…period.  For a man who’d had it every year for his birthday for…a lot of years…that sure made my day :-)

4.5 from 2 reviews
Paleo Carrot Cake w/ Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
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Serves: 6
  • For the Cake:
  • ½ c Coconut Flour
  • ½ c Almond Meal
  • ½ t Salt
  • ½ t Baking Soda
  • ½ c Maple Syrup (or honey)
  • 2 t Vanilla
  • 4 Eggs
  • ¾ c Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 3 Large Carrots, grated
  • ½ t Cinnamon
  • ½ t Nutmeg
  • ½ c Chopped Walnuts
  • ½ c Chopped Dates
  • For the Frosting:
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • ¼ c Maple Syrup
  • 3 T Full Fat Coconut Milk
  1. Note: This recipe made one, 9-inch cake layer that I split in two. Double the recipe for additional layers.
  2. Whisk all of your dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Add the wet ingredients (except the cream cheese, extra syrup, and coconut milk for the frosting) and beat on low with an electric mixer until everything is well combined.
  4. Pour into a greased and parchment-lines baking pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely and frost with the Maple Cream Cheese Frosting.
  7. To make the frosting, bring the cream cheese to room temperature and beat well with the maple syrup and coconut milk.


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“Cake Batter” Breakfast Yogurt


I’m totally jumping on the “cake batter” wagon.  Although part of me really really wants to rant about how annoying it is that food and fitness bloggers seem to think that it’s OK to make up “healthy cake batter protein shakes” or “healthy cake batter pudding” or “healthy cake batter…whatever” that are flavored with yellow cake mix or instant pudding or artificial, chemical-laden imitation flavor extracts–I won’t.  Because I made my own “cake batter” thing and I’m super proud of it, so I’m not really in an asshole-ish mood this morning.


Let’s get one thing straight, though–we all know my stance on dairy, so it SHOULD go without saying that if you’re intolerant or are abstaining from dairy, then this recipe is not for you.  Lately I’ve been experimenting with goat’s dairy and have really been pleased.  Unlike cow’s dairy, it doesn’t mess with my skin or my energy levels, and for many people with some moderate intolerance toward cow’s dairy seem to do better on goat’s dairy products.  (Want more info on the Great Dairy Debate, check out the articles here, here, and here).

OK so let’s get to the good stuff.  What makes something “cake batter”-y?  It’s actually pretty simple.  You need a creamy element, a sweet element, a vanilla element, and a buttery element.  Since I’m not lazy or dense enough to think that yellow cake mix is a “healthy” option, I had to experiment a little.  The yogurt base was obvious (if you’re cool with it, full-fat Greek yogurt would be good, too), and then I got all meathead-like and used vanilla protein (still addicted to SPN).  The buttery part was a challenge, but I settled on some pure almond extract and it works beautifully.  And finally, because I clearly couldn’t use sprinkles, I settled on some raw, unsweetened carob chips as a garnish…I’m obsessed with them, btw…they’re like, chocolate-y but almost coffee-ish, too.  Like, the two things that make life worth living.  On top of something that tastes like cake batter.  Best.  Breakfast.  Ever.

"Cake Batter" Breakfast Yogurt
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Serves: 1
  • 1 c Goat Milk Yogurt (full-fat)
  • 1 Mashed Banana
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • ½ t Almond Extract
  • 1 T Carob Chips (or other garnish)
  1. Mix the yogurt, banana, protein, and extract in a bowl.
  2. Top with carob chips.


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Brown-Butter-Sage-Roasted-Winter-Squash-Sweet-Potato Lasagna

OMG I actually made something edible last night.

Well, first, I should say that a big, fat “Happy Birthday” is in order for my wonderful husband.  I still haven’t figured out why he likes me but I love the sh*t out of this guy.  Born in the fall…sweet but a little spicy…oh, so cheesy…likely to age extremely well…yeah, this lasagna is Ross in food form.

Well, I can’t take all the credit.  Or any of it really…as I often do, I was floundering for something special to make and Jessica came to the rescue again.  I mean…lasagna that tastes like fall?  Um, yes, please.

And no, that’s not nasty-ass “real” pasta.  It’s Capello’s.  If you haven’t tried it, please do…it’s pretty damn good and gluten-free—and almostPaleo!  (It does contain potato starch).  I ordered a case of the stuff and am eagerly looking forward to the end of my competition prep so I can try the fettuccini and gnocci, too.  I mean…pasta that won’t make my insides explode?  Have I died and gone to Heaven?  Actually…yes.  My kitchen smells like Heaven in autumn.


(adapted from this recipe)

1 pkg Capello’s Lasagna Noodles

½  Winter Squash, cubed and peeled (I used Acorn Squash)

2 Sweet Potatoes, cubed

2 T Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

12 oz Mascarpone Cheese, room temperature

¼ c Pastured Butter

1 Shallot, thinly sliced

3 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 1/2 c Fresh Parmesan, grated

Fresh Mozzarella, grated or thinly sliced (use as much as you like!)

1 T Dried Sage


**Filling:  Combine squash, sweet potato, olive oil, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Lay in a baking dish and roast for 50 minutes at 350 degrees, tossing every 15 mins.  Cool completely, then place in a food processor.  Don’t puree it completely, but make it smooth with small lumps.

Now for the cheesy part!  Melt the butter over medium heat in a skillet. Add the shallots and garlic, continuing to stir or whisk for a few minutes.  When the butter is browned, remove from heat and cool.  Beat the mascarpone, half of the Parmesan cheese, and the browned butter/shallot/garlic mixture until fluffy.

**Assembly:  Grease an 8×8 baking dish.  Place a layer of lasagna noodles on the bottom (keep in mind Capello’s are no-cook). Spread the squash not-quite-puree on top.  Then spread a layer of the mascarpone mixture.  Spread a layer of mozzarella.  Repeat as many times as you can/want/whatever.  Sprinkle sage on top…the original recipe uses a bunch of fresh sage leaves, and that’s probably your best bet…I’m just cheap ;)

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, until browned on top and bubbly.  Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.


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The Best Effing Protein Pancakes I’ve Ever Had

Oh yeah, I’m 110% serious.

So this morning I fell out of the sky right on my ass and now it’s broken.  Well, to be fair I jumped out of a helicopter completely on my own accord.  And my ass is not broken, but bruised badly and it hurts to sit, run, bend over…you name it.  This is not good.  In fact, it sucks real bad.

But you know what makes everything better?  Motherf*cking pancakes, that’s what.


1 Very Ripe Banana

1 Egg (or 2 egg whites)

1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder

1 T Ground Flax

1/4 t Vanilla


Mash the banana and beat the egg, protein powder, flax, and vanilla to make a batter.

Cook over medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes on one side till browned, then flip and repeat.  This recipe makes 3 big pancakes.

Top with almond butter or fruit.

**Nutrition Facts**

Calories:  284

Fat:  5.5 g

Protein:  30 g

Carbohydrate:  35 g

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Primal Protein Pancakes

Yeah, after a whole week of lean meat and egg whites for breakfast I was a hair short of a complete meltdown this weekend…thankfully, pancakes never fail to make everything–EVERYTHING–better.

I got my tub of Simply Pure Nutrients protein powder in the mail on Friday and ever since I’ve been going positively nuts trying to find every conceivable way to put it in everything–it’s THAT GOOD.  It’s got a coconut base and more fat than your run-of-the-mill protein powder, but I think that’s why it actually tastes good.  Funny how that works.


(Serves 1)

1 1/2 T Coconut Flour

1 scoop Protein Powder (I use Simply Pure Nutrients Pro3 Synergy Fuel)

4 Egg Whites

1/4 t Baking Soda

1/2 t Vanilla

Toppings of Choice


Beat your egg whites until frothy.  Add the coconut flour, protein powder, and vanilla and whisk until smooth.  Let stand for 5 minutes.

Heat a *lightly* greased skillet over medium heat.  Pour 1/4 c batter onto skillet, cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.  Repeat with remaining batter.

For the topping pictured, heat 1/2 c blueberries in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Let cool slightly and pour over pancakes.


(For pancakes only)

Calories:  224

Fat:  4.2 g

Protein:  31 g

Carbs:  12 g

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Reuben Dog

This is what my loving husband gets for leaving me all alone.  Again.

It was pretty much fate that dictated that I make this sandwich.  First, Ross calls me a couple weeks ago and raves about this Reuben Hot Dog he saw at the cafeteria at work.  And I totally forgot about it.  BUT!!  Then a week ago I see Adam Gertler on The Best Thing I Ever Ate raving about his awesome Reuben Dog.  Then I promised Ross that I’d find a way to make him a Paleo Reuben Dog if he didn’t leave me (again) to go back to Boston.  Then he left.  Jerk.

Some wives whine.  Some wives cry.  THIS wife gets her revenge via Reuben Dog that she will NEVER, EVER share with her husband.  He’s jealous, and I like it that way.  Not sorry.  OK, well I whined and cried, too.  A lot.

I AM sorry about the quality of the photos.  I tried SO HARD to convey the foodgasmic deliciousness but (aside from my not having a very professional camera) there’s no good way to make a baked sweet potato covered in Reuben Dog Goodness look sexy.  Just PLEASE trust me!


(Serves 1)


1 Sweet Potato

1 T Butter


1 Large Bratwurst Sausage

1/2 c Sauerkraut, thoroughly drained

1 Thick Slice Bacon, cooked and crumbled

1/2 c Shredded Gruyere Cheese (optional)

** Thousand Island Dressing**

1/2 c Paleo Mayonnaise

1/4 c Paleo Ketchup

1 Large Dill Pickle, minced


Bake your sweet potato in foil at 425 degrees for 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Over medium-high heat, cook your bratwurst until done.  You can also roast it in the oven with the sweet potato for the last 20-25 minutes.

Remove sweet potato from the oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes, then slice it open.  Spread the butter on the inside of the sweet potato.

Add the crumbled bacon.

Add the cheese (optional).

Add the bratwurst.

Add the sauerkraut.

Smother in Thousand Island.

Stuff your face.

Let your jerk of a husband with his jerk of a travelling job know what they’re missing.

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